The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (per Title IX, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act) is a law that protects students and youth experiencing homelessness. The law requires every state to monitor the identification of students facing homelessness and provide the necessary support to reduce the many barriers that prevent students from succeeding in school.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines homeless as follows:
The term “homeless children and youths”–
*Per Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act, “awaiting foster care placement” was removed from the definition of homeless on December 10, 2016; Students living in foster care are now protected under the act.
Unaccompanied homeless youth are young people experiencing homelessness who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.
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